Would this gut/syngut hybrid work?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by corners, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. corners

    corners Legend

    Jul 31, 2008
    I've tried gut/poly hybrids but the tension loss of the poly makes this silly for non-pros.

    Looking for synguts with similar stiffness (USRSA specs) as poly and similar tension loss as natural gut (USRSA specs), I found:

    Gamma Marathon DPC 17 (stiffness: 228, tension loss: 9.42 lbs.)

    Gamma Syngut w/Wearguard 17 (stiffness: 203, tension loss: 9.15)

    Comparing to Klip Legend 17 natural gut (stiff: 113, tension loss: 9.31), it appears that both of these synguts lose tension about the same.

    Comparing these two synguts to a poly like Luxilon Alu Power Rough (stiff: 240, tension loss: 18.4), it appears that the synguts are nearly as stiff, but lose about half the tension.

    Both these Gamma synguts seem to have a tough/slippery coating from their descriptions (although I'm not sure how this compares to poly's slick, non-notching qualities), so they may work just as well as a cross with gut mains in terms of spin and string movement, while maintaining tension much better.

    Would this work? Anyone tried this combo?

    Any downsides or potential disasters? Thanks.
  2. rasajadad

    rasajadad Hall of Fame

    Apr 24, 2006
    Western MA
    I haven't tried it but if you do install it, let us know how it plays (and lasts.)
  3. StevenLaurence

    StevenLaurence New User

    Jan 16, 2009
    Try German KevlarTwist, I use them on the crosses to control any Poly I use on the mains. KevlarTwist does not lose tension and last a long time!

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